Is this the problem?

Hey, is the problem with the Common Core not actually with the concept but with how it has been done? Can there be a curriculum that actually educates the whole person? I looked at the social studies standards, and they are mind-boggingly complex and detached. Can there be something that could be created as humanistic common core? Look at this web site: Should this be the starting point, getting kids to think about their values and priorities and have THIS as the starting points and essential questions? Are there any teachers or academics who want to start a movement for an alternative Common Core, something teacher driven rather than by EdD’s and corporate educators? Or is the whole concept flawed?
Or is the problem that there are mixed motivations? Are there those who were involved in the creation and implementation of the Common Core and the PARCC assessments who want to use it as a tool for something else than teaching students?  Is the motivation to use this as a tool to get rid of ineffective teachers or promote schools without unions or tenure?  Is this inconsistent with the concept of the Common Core?


Author: Scott White

I am a nationally recognized expert on college admissions, having worked in schools and colleges for 35 years. I have been regularly quoted in major publications including the NY Times, the LA Times, The Boston Globe, the Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly, Time Magazine and others. I am widely published on various aspects of the college admissions process and present at state and national conferences on a variety of college admissions related topics. I have worked in college admissions as well as independent day and boarding schools. The last 25 years I have worked in public schools, 14 as a school counselor and then as a Director of Guidance at elite, suburban public schools including Montclair High School, Westfield High School and Morristown High School. I am now an independent college counselor for SW College Consulting in Montclair. I can be contacted as or 973-919-6798.

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